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Burrata with North Indian flourishes at Punjab Grill.
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Where to Find Creamy Burrata Dishes in D.C.

The traditional Italian dish is the perfect canvas for spring produce

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Burrata with North Indian flourishes at Punjab Grill.
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At its core, Mediterranean cooking celebrates simplicity and quality. Maybe that’s why burrata is such a common sight at cafes and trattorias throughout D.C. The fresh cheese is a marriage of soft mozzarella and creamy stracciatella, all melded together in a delicate ball.

Burrata is often a blank canvas for chefs, who adorn it with fresh herbs, roasted vegetables and fragrant sauces. Sometimes the dish sings with nothing more than a drizzle of olive oil and some salt and pepper. Grilled bread or crackers typically come with the free-form cheese to add texture and a plate-to-mouth vessel.

As spring menus roll out, expect chefs to incorporate seasonal produce into their burrata. Here are 12 spots to find it around D.C.

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I’m Eddie Cano

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This Chevy Chase gathering spot splits its menu into “Americano” and “Italiano” sections. The latter features a burrata dish with confit cherry tomatoes, vin cotto (similar to a balsamic vinegar), and crostini.

Many diners at this beloved pizzeria arrive with a laser focus on its Neapolitan-style pies. For even more cheese, dig in to an exceptionally creamy portion of burrata di bufala served with hearty sliced bread.

Dino's Grotto

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Dino’s dresses handmade burrata with “really good” olive oil, roasted tomatoes, and a kalamata olive and red pepper puree.

The Pembroke

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Burrata sits among the European-style appetizers at Pembroke, located inside the revamped Dupont Circle hotel. The kitchen here adds salty prosciutto di parma, confit tomato, and a hazelnut-arugula pesto.

San Lorenzo

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Shaw’s Tuscan kitchen plates up a burrata that nods to the colors of the Italian flag with roasted red peppers and basil pesto. Scoop it up with a side of fried bread (pane fritto).

Fiola Mare

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It’s hard to top the waterfront location and Italian luxury of Fabio Trabocchi’s Georgetown dining room. It’s known for seafood, but diners can start with a squash mostarda burrata that’s accented with beet coulis and Venetian spices.

Centrolina

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Chef and owner Amy Brandwein is known for Italian dishes that focus on seasonality and premium ingredients. The burrata in her CityCenter dining room comes with crispy baby potato chips and a dusting of chives.

Centrolina [official]

Osteria Bibiana Enoteca

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Bibiana has been a staple of D.C. Italian food for nearly two decades. Its high-end menu includes a dome of burrata that comes with fresh cucumbers and tomatoes paired with pickled onions and roasted red peppers.

Olivia Restaurant

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The Mediterranean cooking here draws inspiration from countries across Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Its burrata is served warm with a spicy green zhug sauce — common in Yemeni cooking — and garlic breadcrumbs.

Punjab Grill

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This extravagant Penn Quarter spot prepares burrata in the style of a “badal jaam,” or spiced baked eggplant. It also comes with heirloom tomatoes and an option to add shaved truffles.

Burrata badal jaam, with spiced eggplant and heirloom tomatoes ($12), can be topped with shaved truffles for an extra price.
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La Vie is aiming to change its reputation with a new executive chef and a seafood-heavy Mediterranean vibe. The new burrata features heirloom tomatoes, za’atar oil, and a crostini. There’s also burrata and ratatouille stuffed in the center of chef Juan Rivera’s crispy risotto balls.

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All-Purpose Riverfront

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Break off a piece of fresh baguette and spread it with some of All Purpose’s rich burrata with prosciutto. It’s a great way to start a meal before moving on to one of the kitchen’s acclaimed pizzas, and an ideal pre-game snack for fans heading to Washington Nationals or D.C. United games nearby.

All-Purpose [official]

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I’m Eddie Cano

This Chevy Chase gathering spot splits its menu into “Americano” and “Italiano” sections. The latter features a burrata dish with confit cherry tomatoes, vin cotto (similar to a balsamic vinegar), and crostini.

2 Amys

Many diners at this beloved pizzeria arrive with a laser focus on its Neapolitan-style pies. For even more cheese, dig in to an exceptionally creamy portion of burrata di bufala served with hearty sliced bread.

Dino's Grotto

Dino’s dresses handmade burrata with “really good” olive oil, roasted tomatoes, and a kalamata olive and red pepper puree.

The Pembroke

Burrata sits among the European-style appetizers at Pembroke, located inside the revamped Dupont Circle hotel. The kitchen here adds salty prosciutto di parma, confit tomato, and a hazelnut-arugula pesto.

San Lorenzo

Shaw’s Tuscan kitchen plates up a burrata that nods to the colors of the Italian flag with roasted red peppers and basil pesto. Scoop it up with a side of fried bread (pane fritto).

Fiola Mare

It’s hard to top the waterfront location and Italian luxury of Fabio Trabocchi’s Georgetown dining room. It’s known for seafood, but diners can start with a squash mostarda burrata that’s accented with beet coulis and Venetian spices.

Centrolina

Centrolina [official]

Chef and owner Amy Brandwein is known for Italian dishes that focus on seasonality and premium ingredients. The burrata in her CityCenter dining room comes with crispy baby potato chips and a dusting of chives.

Centrolina [official]

Osteria Bibiana Enoteca

Bibiana has been a staple of D.C. Italian food for nearly two decades. Its high-end menu includes a dome of burrata that comes with fresh cucumbers and tomatoes paired with pickled onions and roasted red peppers.

Olivia Restaurant

The Mediterranean cooking here draws inspiration from countries across Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Its burrata is served warm with a spicy green zhug sauce — common in Yemeni cooking — and garlic breadcrumbs.

Punjab Grill

Burrata badal jaam, with spiced eggplant and heirloom tomatoes ($12), can be topped with shaved truffles for an extra price.
Jennifer Hughes/Punjab Grill

This extravagant Penn Quarter spot prepares burrata in the style of a “badal jaam,” or spiced baked eggplant. It also comes with heirloom tomatoes and an option to add shaved truffles.

Burrata badal jaam, with spiced eggplant and heirloom tomatoes ($12), can be topped with shaved truffles for an extra price.
Jennifer Hughes/Punjab Grill

La Vie

La Vie [official]

La Vie is aiming to change its reputation with a new executive chef and a seafood-heavy Mediterranean vibe. The new burrata features heirloom tomatoes, za’atar oil, and a crostini. There’s also burrata and ratatouille stuffed in the center of chef Juan Rivera’s crispy risotto balls.

La Vie [official]

All-Purpose Riverfront

All-Purpose [official]

Break off a piece of fresh baguette and spread it with some of All Purpose’s rich burrata with prosciutto. It’s a great way to start a meal before moving on to one of the kitchen’s acclaimed pizzas, and an ideal pre-game snack for fans heading to Washington Nationals or D.C. United games nearby.

All-Purpose [official]

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